NDLR SMART CoPs are communities in different higher education level disciplines (subject areas), corresponding with the ISCED subject taxonomy, composed of staff interested in the use and application of digital resources and technology in the teaching of their subjects.

The NDLR SMART CoPs are cross-institutional subject discipline related communities associated with locally funded institutional learning innovation projects (LIPS) and cross institutional collaborative projects funded (LINCs) under the auspices of the Oversight Committee.The objective of moving towards project based funding at the local and ‘early’ collaborative levels, is to encourage and sustain the development, sharing and reuse of digital resources, techniques and practices across a range of subject discipline areas once the NDLR moves to become a national service.

Such a model will enable NDLR SMART CoPs to naturally evolve in line with the changing needs of the academic community.